Mac OS X

Set Scroll behaviour similar to Mac OS X Lion on Snow Leapord

Scroll Reverser for Snow Leapord
Scroll Reverser

If you are someone still on Snow Leapord who is pondering a move to Lion or someone who has more than one Mac and still have Snow Leapord running on some of your Macs then you may want to install this tool “Scroll Reverser” that will help you set scroll behaviour similar to that of Mac OS X Lion. This tool helps Snow Leapord users to start using and learning the new scroll behaviour and for people with Macs on different versions of Mac OS to unify the scroll behaviour across all Mac machines.

When you install and run Scroll Reverser it’ll add an additional item to your menu bar on the top which will allow you to choose the preferred scroll behaviour. Select “reverse scrolling” from the menu and you’re all done. This will also reverse the horizontal scroll to make it similar to that of Mac OS X Lion.

Having upgraded to Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) I realise that one of the biggest change that initially bothers you and takes some time to get used to is the reverse scroll behaviour that Apple has enabled as default in the new operating system. Like everything else, you get used to it after a couple of days of usage.

You can set scrolling gesture back to what it used to be in Snow Leapord through the preference menu. Personally, I recommend not to reverse the default that comes with Mac OS X Lion but to try and get used to the change. Though it takes some time to get used to, it probably would be worth in the long run. Apple is trying to unify the operating systems (iOS and Mac) and this change is a result of the unification. There is a strong probability that there would be only one OS running on both the desktops and tablets. Even if it doesn’t, Apple is trying to bring in a similar usage experience on both devices so that new users can easily adapt to the OS and easily switch between Apple devices owned by them. It is likely that future changes will be in line with new scroll behaviour and eventually one will have to adapt to the change. It is better to start now then to leave it for later.

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How to reverse default scroll behaviour on Mac OS X Lion

A lot of users seem to be annoyed by the scroll behaviour on Mac OS X Lion. There are complaints about it not being intuitive and difficult to adapt. The scroll behaviour in Mac OS X Lion which is termed by Apple as “natural scroll” can be easily reversed and set to what it was in Snow Leapord.

Follow steps below based on whether you have a Magic Mouse or a Magic Trackpad.

For Magic Mouse

1) Go to System Preference

2) Select Mouse under Hardware in System Preference

3) Uncheck “Move content in the direction of finger movement when scrolling or navigating”


For Magic Trackpad

1) Go to System Preference

2) Select Trackpad under Hardware in System Preference

3) Uncheck  “When using gestures to scroll or navigate, move content in the direction of finger movement.” (in Old Macs)


Under Scroll & Zoom;  Uncheck “Scroll direction: natural” (In New Macs)



How to create an install disk / USB drive of OS X Lion


Disk Utility
Disk Utility

Please remember: This method is not an upgrade method but a fresh install method. Installing Mac OS X Lion on your Mac through this process shall result in a fresh install of the operating system. It’ll wipe everything from the hard drive. You need to have taken a backup of your entire machine and need to have verified your backup before you go ahead with the install process described below.

1) Download OS X Lion from the Mac App store

Since this is a 4 GB download, it is expected to take some time before the download completes. You may want to plan your download time based on download speed available to you.

2) Copy the install file in a different location.

Once the download is complete, it’ll take you through the installation procedure and ask you to press continue to install. Stop right here. Do not hit continue. Go to the Applications folder instead. Application folder can be found by clicking on finder. It generally appears in the list of folders under places in the left hand bar.

  • Locate the file that says “Install Mac OS X Lion”
  • Right click (ctrl+click) on the file
  • Select “Show Package Contents”
  • Expand the folder “Shared Support” by clicking on the small arrow on its left to view its content
  • You’ll find a file called “InstallESD.dmg”
  • Copy the file to your Downloads or Documents folder

3) Create install disk

  • Start the “Disk Utility” application
  • You should see all Hard drives, optical disks and thumb drives connected to your machine in the left hand bar
  • Insert a blank DVD in the DVD slot
  • The blank DVD should show up under SuperDrive
  • Click “Burn” icon on top of the screen
  • It should ask you for file location
  • Select the “InstallESD.dmg” file that you copied in Downloads or Documents folder before

Allow burn to complete. That’s it! You now have an installation disk for OS X Lion

To install on USB Drive:

Repeat step 1) and Step 2) as described above

3) Create installable USB drive

  • Start the “Disk Utility” application
  • You should see all Hard drives, optical disks and thumb drives connected to your machine in the left hand bar
  • Connect USB drive with more than 4 GB capacity to your machine
  • Select the USB drive from the left hand menu
  • Under Restore tab enter the source and destination
  • Source = “installESD.dmg” copied in Downloads or Documents before
  • Destination = Drag the USB drive from left hand menu to the space for destination
  • Remember to select “Erase destination”

Please note that this action shall erase everything on the USB drive and re-write it with the Mac OS X Install program. If you are sure you want to use this drive then go ahead and click Restore at the bottom of the screen

Allow restore to complete. That’s it! You now have an installation disk for OS X Lion

To install Mac OS X Lion from the newly created USB drive/DVD, you need to restart your machine by holding down the option key. You will be given options to boot from DVD or USB drive. Go through the installation process. Once installation is complete, you can then restore your applications, folders, documents from the backup you had taken earlier.


How to add Album Artwork through iTunes


Follow these steps in iTunes to filter to all songs without Album Artwork
1) Go to File Menu
2) Select “Create Smart Playlist”
3) Select “Kind” in first cell, “is” in second cell and type “Music” in third cell
4) Click on + besides the third cell. This should add another row below the first row
5) Select “Has Artwork” in first cell or second row and “is false” in second cell
6) Click on “ok”

You’ll now get a list of all songs/albums that do not have an album artwork assigned

To update Album artwork through iTunes

1) Select advanced menu then click on “Get Album Artwork”
Note: 1) You can also select Song/Album and right click then click get Album Artwork to get for individual song/album
2) You’ll get a notification asking “Are you sure you want to get Album Artwork” Click “Get Album Artwork”
3) On completion you’ll get a notification stating “Could not get artwork for some albums”
Click on the plus sign to check which albums artwork could not be found

It would have found album artwork for a large number of albums but there would be few that it would not be able to find. The ones for which Album artwork is found would be automatically removed from the list you created.

You can manually update album artwork for the rest of them. You can either do this by individually selecting songs or by selecting a group of songs that you want to have a similar Album artwork. To do this
1) Sort by Album
2) Select all songs in an Album
3) Right click
4) click “get info”
5) search for google image / wikipedia to get image of the album
6) drag and drop the image from google image/wikipedia in to the album artwork space
7) click “OK”

Now, if you are left with a bunch of songs that are individual songs like free downloads/DJ mixes/Self compilations etc. then you can select them all and add one common image for all in the album artwork space

If you want to further group them and add albums based on a different grouping like artist/Genre/Year then sort them by the group you want to create and select all songs you want to group together and add album artwork to them by the manual process mentioned above.